The Department of Commerce announces $2.3 million for electrification projects in Southwest Washington

By The Chronicle staff

Cities, counties, municipal utilities and state and federally recognized tribes in Southwest Washington will receive more than $2.3 million in grants to support the electrification of homes and businesses.

On Thursday, the Washington State Department of Commerce announced in a news release that the agency would contribute nearly $40 million statewide to projects and programs that promote high-efficiency electrical equipment. The money was awarded through Climate Commitment Act funding.

According to the Commerce Department, the agency received 35 applications for funding, amounting to more than $82 million. The funding was awarded through a focus on helping achieve Washington’s equity and environmental justice goals.

“From heat domes to many days of subzero temperatures, tens of thousands of Washington residents are put at risk each year by these increasing weather extremes,” Chief Commercial Officer Mike Fong said in the release. “Investing in these Climate Commitment Act funds will give communities more opportunities to start or expand incentive programs that will help reduce fossil fuel use and create healthier, more resilient and energy-efficient homes and buildings through electrification.”

According to the Department of Commerce, municipalities and tribes in Southwest Washington that will receive funding include:

• $508,940 to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe Housing Department

• $481,483 to the city of Olympia

• $477,540 to the city of Tumwater

• $472,263 to Thurston County

• $269,238 to the Nisqually Indian Tribe

• $95,009 to the City of Tenino

Earlier this week, the Commerce Department announced that five tribes would receive $7.5 million in grants, part of the $16 million earmarked for tribal clean energy projects. In that funding announcement, the Commerce Department said tribes in Southwest Washington would receive more than $4.5 million.

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